Inverness survived two controversial pink playing cards to beat Arbroath on penalties and attain the Premiership play-off remaining.
Billy Dodds’ facet will face St Johnstone within the first leg subsequent Friday after successful the shootout 5-3 following 210 goalless minutes of motion.
Kirk Broadfoot stepped as much as convert the deciding spot-kick instantly after the long-serving Bobby Linn noticed his effort saved by Mark Ridgers.
Caley Thistle – and watching Saints supervisor Callum Davidson – would have been delighted to see the tie go to further time after a controversial pink card for Danny Devine within the 66th minute.
Dick Campbell’s facet couldn’t capitalise even after Wallace Duffy grew to become the second man despatched off by Willie Collum within the 113th minute.
There was a sometimes sturdy wind blowing at Gayfield, on the shore of the North Sea, and the hosts had the weather and nearly all of the 5,154 crowd behind them within the first half.
There was little soccer performed within the opening interval and nil photographs on course, with residence striker Jack Hamilton coming closest. Caley Thistle produced no first-half photographs in any respect.
There have been indicators of a contest simply after the interval. Hamilton fired a harmful ball throughout the face of purpose and Shane Sutherland ran on to a unfastened ball however sliced vast.
Arbroath’s Scott Stewart was effectively off course from good probabilities both facet of the primary speaking level.
Hamilton beat Devine to a protracted ball within the air and the Caley Thistle defender threw an arm out as he collided with the striker and fell. There appeared little in it however Hamilton went down and Collum dominated the centre-back had denied an apparent goal-scoring alternative. The referee quickly flashed one other pink card to Caley Thistle coach Scott Kellacher.
Arbroath stepped up the stress and Caley Thistle suffered one other blow when Sutherland was carried off on a stretcher within the 83rd minute after happening with no-one close to him. The guests needed to see out the 90 minutes with 9 males having already stopped the sport thrice for his or her 4 substitutions.
Linn had a shot blocked bravely by Sean Welsh earlier than Inverness sub Joe Hardy fired effectively over after an excellent solo run.
Inverness have been briefly all the way down to eight males as Kirk Broadfoot received a head wound cleaned up however Arbroath couldn’t capitalise and Luke Donnelly and Hamilton did not convert headed probabilities in stoppage time.
Caley Thistle went again as much as 10 males initially of extra-time with Lewis Hyde allowed to exchange Sutherland and Welsh tried his luck straight from kick-off however Derek Gaston saved.
Arbroath continued the stress however Colin Hamilton headed vast and Nicky Low was twice off course from lengthy vary.
Duffy acquired a second yellow card regardless of getting the ball as he slid right into a deal with, however Michael McKenna shot vast and Colin Hamilton despatched a looping header off the bar because the 9 males survived continued stress earlier than holding their nerve from the spot.
When is the play-off remaining?
The primary leg of the Premiership play-off remaining between Inverness and St Johnstone can be on Friday Could 20, with the second leg going down on the next Monday. Each matches will kick-off at 7.45pm and be dwell on Sky Sports activities.